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April News

from the Carlisle House

Not only is Spring here, so is the PA Trout Season! Yellow Breeches and Letort Spring Run are two of the top 50 trout fly-fishing streams in the world, and are both within 5 miles of the Carlisle House. Our friend Tom Brtalik, a Certified Fly-casting Instructor, offers all sorts of great information, including a Stream Update, on his website Tom's Fly-fishing Service. If you are an experienced fly-fisher or even if you would just like to try your hand at it, Tom has the right service for you, starting with picking you up right here at the Carlisle House. Don't worry about rods, reels and waders, he has them for you too!

Staying with the fish motif, have you seen the 2014 Corvette Stingray? Wow! What an awesome car! AND we still have two suites available for the Corvettes at Carlisle so book on-line or call us soon! (717-249-0350).

Amazingly, we still have some spaces left for the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet. At just 1 mile from the Fairgrounds this is the place to stay!


The one that DIDN'T get away!

Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery
If you ever wondered why and how there are so many trout in Pennsylvania streams, and why there are so many different kinds, then a trip to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery is just exactly what you need. Here one of their young guests is checking out the trout at an intermediate stage of growth.

Personally my fish tendencies lean more towards a good Fish and Chips, but I was amazed how interesting a visit it turned out to be.

With a small Visitor Center devoted to our piscine friends this 81-year old facility fascinates. If you happen to be there when the feeding happens you will really be astounded by the action. If not, to see the development of the fish themselves before they are let out into Pennsylvania's limestone streams is quite enthralling!


Area Events
March, April & May 2013!

Comedy Explosion
A Save the Carlisle Theatre Benefit

Saturday April 13; 7:30pm
Carlisle Theatre, High St, Carlisle
A Great Night of Comedy featuring R.C.Smith (from Rachael Ray and the Chew), CJ Burney (winner of The View's "How Funny Are You", Lonnie Davis, and Mark Juretus to Help Save The Theatre!.

ABBA The Concert
the Ultimate tribute group from Sweden!

Wednesday April 17; 8pm
Luhr's Center, Shippensburg

ABBA The Concert is the closest you’re going to get to the original singers, and even features members of the original ABBA band!

Carlisle Theatre Company
The Man in Seat 24

Friday April 26; 7:30pm
Saturday April 26; 7:30pm
Sunday April 26; 2:00pm
Carlisle Theatre, High St, Carlisle

An irate, rude, and combative theatre patron hijacks the cast, the crew, and his fellow theatre-goers and winds up stone cold dead at center stage. THE MAN IN SEAT 24 OR (THE UNINVITED GUEST) is a murder mystery, a play-within-a-play, where a harried and frazzled theatre director investigates a murder--during a night of theatre gone wrong--and realizes that there is more to this evening’s performance than meets the eye.

Under The Streetlamp
America's hottest new pop quartet

Friday May 3; 8pm
Luhr's Center, Shippensburg

The group specializes in doo-wop derived hits, along with old-time rock ‘n’ roll, Motown-era soul classics and exquisite harmonies. Along with their seven-piece band, they are poised to bring the repertoire of The American Radio Songbook of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s (and even some hits from the 80’s) to a whole new audience while reminding the original fans why they fell in love with the music in the first place.

The Rat Pack Show
The Golden Age of Vegas is Alive on Stage

Saturday May 11; 7:30pm
Carlisle Theatre, High St, Carlisle

Celebrating 50 years of The Rat Pack, Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show has been hailed as the next best thing to seeing the Rat Pack themselves.

The Capitol Steps
A Save the Carlisle Theatre Benefit

Saturday June 1; 7:30pm
Carlisle Theatre, High St, Carlisle
The popular political satire group returns to Help Save The Theatre!.

A Tribute to John Denver
Starring Chris Collins and the Boulder Canyon Band

Friday June 7; 7:30pm
Carlisle Theatre, High St, Carlisle

The popular political satire group returns to Help Save The Theatre!.

2013 PA Fishing Summary
No fly-fisher should be without this booklet, which is a summary of all PA's fishing regulations and laws. We keep copies here, but you can also visit their website to find license applications and several hours of web-surfing fascinating information about Pennsylvania's aquatic life.

Where else could you go to find 33 pictures of Frogs and Toads, AND a pdf of "Moles in the Pool" - which is actually everything you ever wanted (or didn't want) to know about Spotted Salamanders!

Have you seen our new Carlisle House Website?
We are really excited as it has lots of new photographs and so much valuable information about Carlisle and the surrounding area. Did you know that we have 24 eateries - within four blocks? And that does not include ANY of the national chains!

Altogether we have 35 Carlisle area restaurants listed, and below in this Newsletter we are featuring some of the best fish cuisine in the area.

You may be asking yourself, "Why the sudden emphasis on fish?". Well, of course the start of Trout Fishing Season was one reason, but we also changed our Facebook Cover Picture to feature our Norwegian Quiche (Smoked Salmon, Dill, Gouda or Jarlsburg) and the reactions were so positive that we decided to let you know of all the Good Fish-related Things around Carlisle!

Speaking of Facebook… have you "Like"d us yet? It is another great way of keeping in touch with the happenings in Carlisle, not to mention the possibility of more quiches being added to the repertoire! So if you use Facebook, just click on the image above to go to our facebook page where you can "Like" us and keep up with all that is happening here and in Carlisle!

...The Last Chance Month!

Prospective and Enrolled Students: All acceptances need to be in by May 1 - remember that space for freshman families coming for Dickinson orientation in August is limted and be sure to make your reservation soon!

If you already have a student at Dickinson, or if your son or daughter decided on a different path, then why not forward this newsletter to other parents or friends who may be considering a trip to South-Central PA? We are ideally located in the Great Pennsylvania College Circle within easy day trip reach of some wonderful colleges including not only Dickinson, but also Bucknell, Lafayette, Muhlenberg, Lehigh, Bryn Mawr, Franklin & Marshall, Messiah, Gettysburg, Shippensburg, and Penn State.

At the Dining Table

Plenty of fish in the "C", ("C" for Carlisle, that is!)

April is of the month of England's Patron Saint, St George. And all across England the flag of St George will be flying high on April 23.

What better way to celebrate than with a pint of Black and Tan and a basket of Fish and Chips at the Market Cross Pub in downtown Carlisle.

Named for the Celtic Cross in the marketplace of Carlisle, England the pub celebrates the connection between our two cities, and also does a tasty job of recreating England's favorite meal!

Just a block west on North Pitt Street, Cafe Bruges is an authentic Belgian Bistro, famous for its Moules Frites. We love those mussels, but you really shouldn't overlook the Waterzooi of Fish (a light creamy stew of white fish (sea bass, scallop, shrimp) and vegetables (potato, carrot, leek, celery root). It is a wonderfully light and tasty alternative to the more well-known dishes, and of course, you can always get the frites on the side!
A mile from the Carlisle House you will find Rillo's - a traditional Italian-American Restaurant which contributes greatly to the seafood scene in Carlisle. Mary's favorite is the "Linguine Ala Nick" which features sea clams, broccoli, mushrooms, and fried bell peppers in Rillo's cream sauce. Some days, Alan likes to have the Smoked Salmon and Smoked Pepper Trout appetizer (meant for sharing!) as his entree - and woe betide anybody who thinks he really will share it! Another favorite menu item is the Salmon fillet topped with jumbo crab meat with a sherry cheese sauce. Google Translate says that the Italian for "Yum" is "Yum". Who are we to disagree?
Just around the corner from the Carlisle House, Trattoria Piatto reproduces a classic and authentic Italian experience with their seafood options which include Cappe Sante, Taglierini di Mare, and Pizza alla Napoletana. Pizza? I hear you say? Absolutely, but no ordinary pizza! Piatto GRILL their pizzas, and stick to traditional Italian topping combinations. The Napoletana has tomatoes, anchovy, oregano, and mozzarella - and with such simple ingredients, the taste is spectacular!
The Mediterranean influences continue with Spain and Morocco. Andalusia on North Hanover Street has both Tapas and Platos Principales, the latter including a terrific Paella de Mariscos, a seafood paella of fish, squid, shrimp, clams and mussels. Served with a crispy rice base this is delicious, but for me the star of the show is the Boquerones con Endivias tapa. This is a simple dish of Spanish White Anchovies served on Endive. Now, don't let the word "anchovies" make you think of those little fillets that come in those impossible-to-open-without-getting-oil-all-over cans,these are the real deal and are worthy of any fish-oriented palate.
Further up Hanover Street, "if you knew sushi like we know sushi", you'd be at Mt Fuji. We love their Mt Fuji Special, pictured here. Of course not everyone likes sushi and sashimi as we do, so Mt Fuji also provide a choice of hot dishes including tuna, salmon, shrimp, and scallop, each prepared hibachi-style. Additional choices include Udon, Soba, or Ramen Noodle seafood soups and many other delectable Japanese seafood variants.
For the websites of these fine restaurants, please visit our Dining page at thecarlislehouse.com

Market Cross Pub, 113 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
717-258-1234

Cafe Bruges, 16 North Pitt Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
717-960-0223

Rillos, 50 Pine Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
717-243-6141

Trattoria Piatto, 22 West Pomfret Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
717-249-9580

Andalusia, 26 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
717-462-4141

Mt Fuji, 149 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
717-243-2788

Carlisle House, 148 S Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
Tel: 717-249-0350
Fax: 717-249-0458
E-mail: Info@TheCarlisleHouse.com
Innkeepers: Mary and Alan Duxbury

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